Pitbull, Macklemore Headline Preakness Acts
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 2/25/2013 10:50:10 AM
Last Updated: 2/26/2013 12:38:48 PM
Pitbull will headline the "InfieldFest."
The Maryland Jockey Club announced Feb. 25 that this year's "InfieldFest" entertainment for the 138th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course May 18 will include performances by Pitbull as well as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Pitbull had his first #1 song and won the 2012 Billboard Music Award for "Radio Song of the Year" for the hit "Give Me Everything" from his album Planet Pit, with sales of more than 1.7 million albums and 18 million singles. Pitbull has performed to sold out crowds throughout Latin America, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Australia. Pitbull's current single "Don't Stop The Party" is a global radio and video hit and is also featured on his new album Global Warming.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis has emerged as a premier national hip-hop group known for its electrifying live shows, crafted music, and innovative music videos. Last year was a banner year for the duo. Their debut full-length album, The Heist, shot into the #1 spot on iTunes and debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts. While on their 70-city sold out world tour supporting The Heist , their single "Thrift Shop" landed them at #1 on the Billboard charts.
"InfieldFest at the Preakness enters its fifth year positioned as the region's biggest, best, and most unique party," said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. "There is no other event where fans can revel so completely in a multiple entertainment festival experience that features a legendary American horse race and first-class music with national headliners delivering non-stop action throughout the day. The Preakness Infield has long been a rite of passage for generations and 2013 promises to continue that tradition."
The MJC said there will be two MUG Club areas for those who pay $20 in addition to the regular admission to the public infield and receive a souvenir mug for unlimited refills of beer.
MJC also announced a 24-hour sale on infield tickets, ending at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. During that time, infield tickets bought in advance that are regularly $50 will be reduced to $40 and the advance regular price of $70 for the MUG Club package will be $60. The $50 and $70 price will return following the 24-hour sale and remain in effect until May 11. Prices increase to $60 (infield ticket) and $80 (MUG Club) during Preakness week.
Besides the headline acts, additional performers will be announced later as they are added to the schedule. Seating informatwion and ticket reservations are available at www.preakness.com. Tickets can be bought at ww.ticketfly.com.
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